Mt. Pleasant pilot and retired Air Force Reserve officer Robert Burton posted a final note on his campaign website this morning, thanking supporters and promising that he'd remain active in the political process.
Burton was a fiercely active, responsive candidate who would have provided a healthy dose of competition in the 1st District race, ready to debate national defense and the important role of the federal government.
Burton was excited about getting to the main event, and maybe a little too excited. He was a relentless presence among gatherings of active party members up and down the coast, but he missed a key segment of the primary voting public.
But Burton learned lessons in the short time that he was on the campaign trail and was able to shift the focus in his campaign, when necessary. This is one mistake he won't make again.
Burton's last line: "I will consider running again if and when the time is right."
Count on it.